Serena Williams Forced Her Way Into the Tennis History Books

With her dominant strokes and smart moves off the court, Williams helped redefine how to be a superstar athlete.

Serena Williams’s fellow tennis professionals already know what their sport is like without her.

She has played very little in the past two years and has played just two singles matches in the past 13 months.

But as Williams, now 40 years old, made plain in announcing her impending retirement on Tuesday, it will very soon be time for the wider world to become accustomed to her absence from the courts, as well.

Tennis is a global game, which is a big part of its charm, and despite Williams’s part-time status of late, if

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